MuscleTech Creatine 6000-ES Review
Creatine is a very popular supplement that is used both as a pre-workout and post-workout addition to the diet of bodybuilders and weightlifters.
It’s an essential amino acid that is helpful in creating lean muscle mass. It works by supplying the body with ATP, the main source of energy for our muscles. By taking a creatine supplement, you’re essentially increasing the energy available in your body.
MuscleTech Creatine 6000-ES is one of those supplements.
What’s In It?
MuscleTech Creatine 6000-ES is a simple supplement: it contains only creatine monohydrate, the most popular and most effective creatine supplement available for popular consumption.
Nothing else – just pure, simple creatine for your body.
Price and Dosage
The price for a 510 gram bottle of MuscleTech Creatine 6000-ES is around $15, which is a fairly good price.
The dosage is interesting. MuscleTech recommends a loading phase and a maintenance phase. The loading phase is the first 5 days of taking the supplement; you mix 1 serving with 8 oz. of water and take it 4-5 times a day.
Then, after 5 days, you go into the maintenance phase, which is only 1 serving with 8 oz. a water for 1-3 times a day, depending on how much creatine you think you need.
They also recommend that you ensure maximum hydration when using a creatine supplement. Creatine is naturally attracted to water, so when you take a creatine supplement, a lot of the fluids you consume will be taken in by the creatine compounds.
Is It Safe?
Although creatine is often considered unsafe, there’s a wealth of information available that actually confirms that creatine is completely safe when taken in moderation.
Ensuring that you moderate your dosage and staying hydrated are essential components to taking creatine in a safe way.
A few side effects and problems can occur if you don’t take creatine responsibly, like kidney damage. There’s also a high chance that your body will stop producing high levels of creatine naturally once you begin an extended creatine regimen.
This supplement was effective in helping me improve my lifts. After 10 days on the supplement, I noticed some gains and I definitely noticed some increases in energy when in the gym. I saw increases in reps as well as weight.
The taste of the product was good – it’s unflavored. I usually stuck it in my pre-workout drink (I take AlphaFuel by MaxGenics) and it was great. That’s what’s nice about the product, I could include it with my other pre-workout or post-workout stuff and it didn’t ruin the taste.
There were a couple major problems; however. Most notably, I noticed a lot of weight gain when on creatine. Not all lean muscle, either. I seemed to gain a lot of fat around the stomach and the infamous love handles, which was quite upsetting. Nobody wants to gain fat, even if you’re increasing muscle, and that’s an unfortunate effect of creatine.
I also started feeling sick a bit when taking it some days. I’m not sure if I was taking too much (I took 2 doses a day for the majority of the regimen), but there were days where I felt like I was going to puke everywhere after taking the supplement.
I would recommend this supplement if you’re looking to gain weight or increase weightlifting endurance. However, the fat gain I saw along with it was horrible. I stopped taking the supplement after a month because of this unsightly weight increase. I even focused on my abs for an entire two-week span, and saw no improvement. I can only say that was the creatine’s fault.
In total, it’s a pretty good supplement, but I want to build lean muscle, and burn fat. It’s just not worth it to build muscle to me if I’m going to gain fat at the same time.